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Sakuya, the lead singer for the hard-rocking band Lucifer, is the unattainable object of desire for millions of hopeful women. Aine is the demure high school student who suddenly finds herself in the middle of a raucous rock'n'roll circus. Together they're writing the book of love — one hit song at a time!
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a typical Shoujo... no, better said one of the worst typical Shoujo ever!
I think if I want to sum up all my thoughts and emotions during reading this manga in one word, the result word could be this: CHEAP.
yes, you heard me. this manga is a cheap product coming from a cheap artist who still doesn't know how to tell a story without making a complete fool out of her protagonist. and god, how she is using of cliches over and over again until all the charm and beauty of her original plot line is getting ruined like this.
if you are looking for a beautiful story which has been written seriously and professionally, then this manga is not for you. otherwise, you may enjoy the stupid and illogical romance between Sakuya and Anie, especially when they are fighting over her VIRGINTY!! ....I have to admit it, mangaka really made me laugh there.
And before I finish this: her drawing style sucks! I have seen worse works around but Mayu's style is really some thing! >_< like her obsession with drawing long fingers which is kind of creepy, lol.
I'M AGAINST SEXISM
Ok,let's get something straight.I respect Mayu Shinjo as a manga artist,and I don't hate her or anything.But,as a feminist and a person who knows when something is not wright,I have to say that Mayu Shinjo's works are: UNREALISTIC,UNMORAL,SADISTIC,MYSOGYNISTIC (hatred toward women),and not to mention the huge amount of SEXUAL VIOLENCE,or in other words,RAPE.:-( I know that some people might think that it is ridiculous to discuss about a perverted manga,because the genre tells us what this kind of manga is all about.But,there is a huge difference between "erotic love" and "rape".I've read a couple of Shinjo's works (which I feel a bit ashamed),they include LOVE CELEB,KAIKAN PHRASE and HAOU AIREN.Most of the girls in Shino's mangas are so stupid it hurts,with a brain size of a walnut.They are so naive that a 3 year old couldn't compare,and so weak that it makes me wanna scream.:-@ The guys must always be soo handsome,popular,athletic,intelligent...actually,Mayu Shinjo makes them look so perfect in comparison to the girl characters that it makes me wanna puke.And I especially hate the same themes in her mangas:the guys always appear nice and charming in the beggining,then later show their true sadistic nature.I would say that the most disguisting male character to me was deffinatelly Hakuron from "Haou Airen".He was everything I hate: cruel,manipulative,two-faced,and a real rapist.:-@ I felt misery,anger&hatred at the same time while reading it. I was so glad that Hakuron got killed in the end becouse he totally deserved it. It makes me sad that Mayu Shinjo writes stuff like this,and I think that her works are offensive to both women and men.I think that every normal guy could never do such a thing to a woman he loves. And there is also a question for these mangas: Would the main female character love the main guy if he wasn't soo handsome and popular? Would she let him rape her if he was an old,ugly and wrinkly man? Of course not,but it seems that Mayu Shinjo tries to prove in her mangas that "As long if the guy is handsome&perfect,he can do with me what ever he wants.Even if it means raping and hurting me." :-( Please,don't make me laugh and throw up at the same time. :-@ This was my personal opinion about her mangas,but I didn't mean to offend the readers of her works.If you like Mayu Shinjo's works,feel free to read them.Everyone has the right to read what they want and have their own opinion.
I would have to agree with some negative comments regarding this specific manga and other works by Shinjo Mayu. Her works were one of the first mangas I've read and I thought greatly of them but after having read so many mangas of the same genre, I finally realized the difference between a manga that contains actual entertaining stories and mangas that just exists for the sake of entertaining perverted thoughts.
Most of Shinju Mayu's works, including this manga, are just all about dim witted, weak, female protagonists who are easily seduced, molested, raped by male characters who are handsome and powerful. Most of the time, the story just evolves around the female protagonist being bullied or victimized by "fans" of the handsome, perverted male character or she's being raped or doing some perverted acts with the male character.
My personal advice, stay away from this manga, it's not worth it. It lacks substance, unless of course you just want to see smutty scenes and female characters being victimized, then go ahead, feel free to read it, it has alot of that.
Recently I saw an update on this manga. I don't know what I was thinking or hoping for but the story has just turned much much worst. I don't know why the mangaka is so fascinated by female characters being raped, seriously. Is it really that fun writing about stories where women are made into objects and forcefully used over and over. Chapter 74 where the lead female character was totally violated has scarred me for life. I shall never ever read this manga again or even hope that it will ever improve.
... Last updated on April 17th, 2009, 6:29pm
love or hate
You either love this manga or you don't.
I will answer this comments about sex...well this IS about teens people! I know not all teens are like that, but this manga was not just about sex. There was lots of drama here and I cried. If you don't like it then don't read it, but don't take the enjoyment for those of us who like it.
Thank you Mayu for writing and drawing this work!
A bit repetitive, but not bad...
If you like more to your stories... find something else... if you like a quick read, something that will get you out of real life for a few moments... read this. I like the guys in the story, specially the main guy Sakuya... and the chick, Aine isn't horrid... just very naive and at times ditzy.
Ok I admit Aine's emotions and struggles were a bit repetitive in the beginning, and she seemed to forget her vow to become a woman worthy of Sakuya quickly. Eventually however, we do see her faith and strengths deepen and that is when we get to see Sakuya toy with people... which was quite fun. However things can't go smoothly and of course cliched things happen, and you ask yourself didn't Aine learn anything. Yet, we must remember her type of character -naive- and expect such things.
Yes, there is smut, yes there is a lot of it, however not much in the act of sex is shown... so you just see a naked girl on a bed getting kissed... well quite frequently.
I have yet to finish this manga, but I am looking forward to the end. I liked how Aine has turned out, and how other people have been changed because of her outlook on life.
I have at this point seen most of the anime and have read most of the manga, and both have their strong points and their weak points, but I do not regret the time I have spent on either.
... Last updated on April 28th, 2009, 9:52am
Sensual Phrase is my favorite of Mayu's works!
Here we go~!! I comment on mangas like these, because they are near and dear to my heart. And if you ever read this, I beg of you, read the whole thing! It is not a spoiler, but in my own opinion I shed some light on two viewpoints good and bad. If you are a female, there is no resisting it! Unless you are of another orientation, Sakuya’s captivating power-playing, his absolute way with words, and last but not least, his practical sensibility shines through in this witty tale of an unrealistic chance of fair meeting and the string tugging continuing of it all. When I read this, sometime ago, and trust me I’ve re-read it, I couldn’t stop. It was just so alluring to me. Not the love or the band, but that man!! And not in an infatuated sort of way… It is probably because he kept me guessing; I didn’t know if he was going to bash in somebody’s skull, verbally humiliate them, be a brat about it and use influence to crush them… I had no idea, but what I DID know was that he would take care of them. Just like Steven Segal, the bad guy was going to go down!
Now, you crazy kids keep ragging on Aine, but I have some much earned respect for her. For once in my reading, I found a heroine, in love, that wasn’t always second guessing herself!! Jeez! Because if you love them and you trust them, why are you over here bugging out about how you don’t know how faithful they are! Now, I was filled with excitement when I saw that this dynamic duo wouldn’t have that petty problem…. It pisses me OFF when I see it… I personally don’t like Aine…. That bug eyed little creep… But it gave me relief that she had SOME good attribute. Other than her hokey pokey lyrics a five year old who knew about sex could write.
The only thing I dislike about this book in general is something that all artist go through over time. We see Mayu Shinjou’s work evolve into a more modern concise style of drawing much different than that of her old style. It has a precedent, yet light, sort of feeling on the paper. That is why I deeply admire her drawing style. And it is just because of the fan service… The bug eyed little creep can go to the bad place for all I care. But I always take into consideration that in many ways Sakuya is more of the main character… In the anime he sure was… Even when it came to Aine’s world, the bands world, EVERYTHING revolved around him. Which I thought was wonderful!!
Mayu’s work is not for the female sexist, nor female activist out there… To put it simply, it’ll; just pis you off… But it’s a cute quirky love story that makes you think. Because even though it is very, very unrealistic… There are some key elements that are quite real in regards to this day and age.
Relatively modern and long lasting, a repetitive manga that has turns and twist like you could believe, it is on my favorite list and is also on my hearts love list. I’ll never forget its title. Sensual Phrase is a must read for flighty girls in, or curious about love.
everyones bagging on a great manga
sure aine is a little weak however it seems that every single person wants a super strong woman. not every woman is strong even in real life.... especially in real life. and there are parts were aine despite being a weak lead actually shows her strength sakuya is a typical hot possessive main.
its a little cliche but it is a great overall. i love it and have reread it a couple times.
the best part of the series is how much sakuya and aine love eachother.
its a wonderful series dont let these other reviews stop you from reading
Couldn't finish this one...
This manga has a really big problem--the plot is basically the same for most of the series. I can sum it up like so: People are constantly throwing themselves at Sakuya/Aine and trying to break them up/take them for themselves. *insert sex scene every so often*
I only made it to volume 15. I couldn't take it anymore and just said screw it.
... Last updated on July 26th, 2010, 12:09am
When I first read the description to this manga I was looking forward to reading it, however I was sadly disappointed. I usually don't mind these kind of stories but I'm more of a romantic comedy fan so perhaps I'm not the best judge. It seemed to me that the heroines love for the main guy was pretty much based on how good looking he was, she was a pushover and never seemed happy unless she was worrying about something, needless to say I found her annoying. If that where my only complaint I'd of probably ploughed on, it was the overdose of clichés that did it, seriously the clichés where like the end product of feeding an elephant phall... eyewateringly painful and all over the place. And if that wasn't bad enough it was unbelievably cringe worthy, oh the pages where dripping with cringe, I found myself not being able to read lines without inwardly groaning so much so that I just started skipping through pages. Now I've only read the first volume so perhaps it picks up, though I very much doubt it, but that's something I'm not going to find out as I won't be continuing this series. I can see why people may like the manga but its not for me, so each to there own I suppose.
wow...looks promising. Some people don't like it for some reason.....